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Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Castlevania

That first corridor is always the same. It snakes out in front of you, occasionally illuminated by the dim flames of wall-mounted torches and stabs of lightning, intruding from the gigantic windows that line the hallway. Huge curtains sway…

VR vs. Audio

For virtual reality (VR) to reach its full potential developers are going to need to think beyond our sight. True, fooling our eyes is the most pivotal mechanic in the likes of the Oculus Rift VR headset, but there are other senses that…

Mod of the Week: QUAKE II

A legendary videogame that undeniably changed the face of the first-person shooter (FPS) genre forever, QUAKE II is still considered a masterpiece by many. And rightly so, as even to this day it's used as a barometer against which to…

Losing My VRginity to: Dactyl Nightmare

Every gamer has their firsts: that first time with a control pad, first time with an analog stick, first Super Mario experience, first online multiplayer addiction. The list is endless. However, there's one 'first' that is unshakably…

Make it a (virtual) Reality: Final Fantasy

This if the life. You’re standing in a luscious meadow, sunlight beaming down on you while grass lightly dances about your ankles. Wildlife is dotted all about; Mogs floating gently through the air and Chocobos grazing in the fields before…

VR vs. Third-Person

When we think of virtual reality (VR), we tend to think of first-person experiences. The draw of the technology is to slip into the shoes of action heroes, epic adventurers, world-class sportsmen and more to simulate their actions and…

Mod of the Week: Team Fortress 2

Always keen to jump on new technologies for the advancement of interactive entertainment, Valve has been one of the key supporters of the Oculus Rift headset since it's initial unveiling. The development studio has been retroactively…

The VR Roundup 15/02/14

It's time for the weekly VR roundup. Granted VRFocus has only been up and running for three days, but there’s already a tonne of virtual reality (VR)  news stories, features, reviews and previews to read up on. It’s been a week of Space…

Losing My VR Virginity to Half-Life 2

“It doesn’t really work until about three minutes in,” is what I’m told as I slip on an Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset for the first time. I can understand my guide’s desperation to reassure me; too many times in the past few…